Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Un Jeune Homme Bien - Petula Clark

As much as I love Petula Clark's English records it her French EPs for the Disques Vogue that I enjoy even more. In full disclosure, I'm partial towards French cover tunes and will be posting more favorites soon. Here's her wonderfully cheeky version of the Kinks "A Well Respected Man", 1966's "Un Jeune Homme Bien".


I couldn't find Bleekers's Juno clip featuring "A Well Respected Man" so this live Kinks performance will have to suffice.


  1. I know John Lennon loved her Beatles covers, and said she was his favourite female singer. Paul McCartney and she remain good mates to this day, so I can imagine that Paul likes her Beatles covers, but I have no idea what Ray Davis thought of this.

    The lyrics are brilliant. I can't remember off hand who worte them. Pierre DelanoƩ? She covered Days in English, so I'm guessing she was a Kinks fan.

  2. Thanks for the comment Tris. I'm a huge Davies bothers fan too. I never tire of rediscovering their song catalog over and over again.

    Clark has done so many wonderful covers. Right now I'm fond of her "Bang,Bang" EP. Admittingly, I still haven't listened to most of her vast record library. There's SO much.

    I wonder what the Beatles thought of her "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" flapper version? It's so, so, English! I can't help but love her sassy sense of humor.

    Thanks again for your insight.

  3. Ah yeah... good one there. It was done in a show she hosted in America called ''The English are Coming''. Petula has indeed an amazing sense of humour. I know her a little personally, and she's the same off stage. She's a very amusing woman.

    I love her dearly. And yeah, her covers usually bring something really new to a song, not better than the original, but different.